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Rising Temperatures and Spring Snow Melt Prompt Water Safety Warning

Posted: 7/16/2014

Two Jet Skis Race Across the Water
“We ask those enjoying the outdoors to be careful near mountain streams, rivers and reservoirs,” said Randy Livingston, PG&E’s Vice President of Power Generation. “Water flows will fluctuate with the warming and cooling of the day, so always be prepared for a change in conditions.”

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Water enthusiasts should take serious precautions against cold temperatures and swift currents when in or near water this spring.

Despite this year’s below-normal snowfall, the spring snowmelt can still result in swift and cold river flows that can create treacherous conditions for all recreationists–waders, swimmers, paddlers, boaters, anglers, and even hikers cooling off at the water’s edge. Lower water levels can also expose hazards or make them closer to the surface.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), California State Parks and its Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) caution that even though the water content of California’s mountain snowpack is below normal, the snowpack is rapidly melting as mid-spring temperatures continue to rise. As warmer weather and longer days speed up melting snow in mountainous regions, water temperatures will continue to drop and flows can change suddenly in waterways and reservoirs.

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Job Demand Hiring Trends for Local Companies in the 3rd Quarter

Posted: 7/16/2014

Job Seekers Look to the Future
A robust market in California’s capital city expects to add as many new workers as it hires for replacements within existing workforces in the 3rd quarter of 2014.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A robust market in California’s capital city expects to add as many new workers as it hires for replacements within existing workforces in the 3rd quarter of 2014. In a direct telephone survey of Sacramento’s top regional employers, fifty percent (50%) say hiring is motivated by expansion of existing workforces, and eleven percent (11%) also attributed seasonal demands for seeking workers in July, September and October.

Attrition, or replacements among the existing workforce motivated the other half expecting to see applicants. Pacific Staffing discovered just twenty-nine percent (29%) of Sacramento companies contacted directly between May 21st and June 11th are not hiring. While service and manufacturing companies were driving the majority of hiring anticipated in the third quarter, construction firms were almost evenly split, and just one retail firm surveyed was not looking for help. Also signaling continued robust employment in the area, not one company noted any plans for layoffs in the next quarter. Several firms also mention that retention of current workers was a growing concern and noted finding adequate numbers of qualified applicants as another challenge.

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Bald Eagle Backed by Stars and Stripes
“The flag of the United States is one of the most recognizable symbols on earth, more so than our monuments or presidents. From its creation, the flag has stood for freedom, liberty, and the prosperity of the United States. It was designed to accommodate the growth of a budding nation. Stars have been added, but it has retained the same significance. When you take your flag out to fly, hold it carefully, as it is a representation of our whole nation!” – Author Unknown

Celebrating America

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 7/2/2014

There was a time not so long ago when our flag, I believe, did not have as much meaning as it does today. It was just a part of our lives, and we took it for granted. I know I did.

Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I assumed it would always be around, always representing my country, and always respected by our citizens. But unfortunately this did not happen, and the flag began to be treated badly. Allowed to fly unmanaged, never folded or brought in at night, many became dirty and tattered. Disgruntled groups burned flags in protest. Yes, this is legal, but still sad. And our flag began appearing on inappropriate items.

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Towtruck Driver Surveys Wrecked Car Entangled With Lightpost
Recent reports state that nearly 800 teens die in traffic crashes during summer months.

Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Posted: 6/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - According to a recent national study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are deadly for teen drivers. An average of 261 teens dies in traffic crashes during each of the summer months, a 26 percent increase compared to the rest of the year. This represents an average of nearly 800 teen deaths during the summer months.

Over the past five years, nearly 4,000 teen drivers and passengers, between the ages of 13 and 19 years old, died in traffic crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Those deaths make it the deadliest season for teens.

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Placer County Fair Prepares For Summer Beach Party

Posted: 6/18/2014

Cody Webb Rides his Motorcycle Over Rocks in the Ultimate Enduro Event
Come see NorCal Ultimate Enduro at the Grandstands Thursday, June 19th. Cody Webb shown above.
Photos courtesy of KE Spencer and Co.

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Just in time for June’s lazy days of summer, the Placer County Fair is getting ready for a Summer Beach Party. The annual Fair set for June 19-22 is just in time for hot weather and kids already getting bored with summer vacation.

Under the new management of CEO Carrie Wimer, plans are in the works for a “new and improved” Placer County Fair. “We are excited about the new entertainment level with some great West Coast bands back on Sunset Lawn, more strolling entertainment and for the kids, Circus Imagination. We want to make sure there is something fun around every corner whether it’s the Giant Alligator, Skip Banks in his giant yellow balloon, or a visit to see the farm animals and the goat costume contest.”

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Our Region Has Long Been a Popular Racing Venue

Three Local Team Drivers Chosen to NASCAR NEXT Program

By Linda Harper
Posted: 6/4/2014

Brandon McReynolds in his Racecar
NEXT Driver Brandon McReynolds in the BMR (Bill McAnally Racing) #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota.
Photos courtesy Bill McAnally Racing, Roseville

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento region has long been a popular racing venue, showcasing tracks like the All American Speedway in Roseville who host NASCAR’s Whelen All – American Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Sacramento Raceway where fans cheer on their favorite NHRA drag racers, Big Time Motocross Raceway and All Star Karting in Rancho Cordova. Over the last few years, our Capital City and surrounding areas has exploded from its “sleeper” status, into a highly respected and recognized racing Mecca that attracts events, teams and individual participants from all over the nation. Like other celebrated racing cities, the Sacramento area proudly fosters young drivers, bringing them up the ranks, preparing them for careers in Stock Car, Sprint, Formula, Karting and Motorcycle sports.

On April 25th, at Richmond International Speedway, NASCAR named 12 promising young drivers to its NEXT program, an action taken by the industry giant for the last four years, designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.

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Cost of Driving is Cheaper in 2014

Posted: 6/4/2014

Dramatic Interior Shot of a Yong Woman Driving a Vintage Car

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - New research from AAA finds that the average annual cost of owning and operating a new car has decreased by 2.7% in the United States for 2014.

The 2014 edition of AAA’s annual Your Driving Costs study estimates the overall cost of owning and operating a new average sized sedan fell to 59.2 cents per mile, a 1.64 cent per mile decrease from 2013. This decrease amounts to an average of $8,876 in yearly costs, based upon 15,000 miles of annual driving.

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Setting the Record Straight

By Kara Kerwin
Posted: 5/21/2014


Diabetes Linked to One-Third of all California Hospitalizations

A special report from California Center for Public Health Advocacy
and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Posted: 5/21/2014


It’s Time to Fight The Bite

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/7/2014


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